Martin Šimečka grew up during the communist regime. His father was a philosopher and prominent dissident.
Martin was prevented from attending university, so he completed an apprenticeship at the company Slovnaft. Until 1989, he worked in a variety of low-skilled jobs, including as a carer, salesman, lifeguard and boiler technician.
After the revolution, he founded the Archa publishing house and later spent three years at the helm of the weekly Domino fórum. Between 1999 and 2006, he was editor-in-chief at the newspaper SME.
He spent two years as editor-in-chief at the weekly Respekt, where he also served as publisher until 2016.
Šimečka currently writes op-ed articles and is the publisher of the newspaper Dennik N. He also lectures at the Socrates Institute
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